The two Tea Party Michigan Republicans recently deposed from the state legislature after being caught in a bizarre attempt to cover up their affair have both filed to run for their old seats on the Nov. 3 primary ballot, the Detroit News is reporting.
Last Friday both state Rep. Todd Courser (R) and fellow lawmaker and paramour Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R) were ousted from the legislature, with Gamrat being overwhelmingly voted out and Courser resigning in the face of an investigation into misuse of their respective offices while covering up their affair.
According to Courser, the decision for him to run for his old seat came from his wife on whom he cheated, with Courser saying, “Yesterday, she gave me to go ahead. She said yes, run. She said the people haven’t had the opportunity to weigh in on this.”
Gamrat said she and her family "prayed on it," adding that she thought she got a raw deal from fellow lawmakers by being tricked into believing they would only censure her for confessing her sins instead of voting her out.
According to Gamrat, she thinks voters and God want her to make another run, stating she ran into a jogger recently who told her "She felt bad for what I had been put through and thought God still had a plan for me.”
The Courser/Gamrat saga began weeks ago after an aide to Courser turned over audio tape of the father of three and mother of four conspiring to release an anonymous email accusing Courser of having a hook-up in an alley with a gay prostitute. Their hope was that the vicious smear with "inoculate" them with the voters should word of their affair get out.
After the plan became public, their fellow GOP lawmakers went after the family values conservatives for embarrassing the party by calling for two separate investigations.
Hearing that Courser was running once again, Paul Mitchell, a local businessman running for Congress who lives in Courser’s district said, "What makes him think he’s qualified to represent the district when a week ago he found it necessary to resign? Enough is enough.”
According to Republican leadership in the legislature, should Courser win they can refuse to seat him or vote him out since he resigned the first time.